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The History of Now

24 EpisodesProduced by Christina MooreWebsite

The History of Now – Social commentary on modern life told with a touch of humor.


DHS Has a Data Problem

What is a writer to do when a story has three equal headlines? Each drawn this month from public documents and government reports from the Inspector General.

Headline Number One: Homeland Security has a Data Problem!

Headline Number Two: Inspector General Demonstrates 22% Error Rate with FEMA Programs.

Headline Number Three: FEMA to provide $1B for infrastructure and communities.

Headline number one derives from the most recent DHS OIG report (published 24 MAY 2021). The Inspector General states that persistent data problems hinder DHS mission, programs, and operations. Rather stinging statement.

Headline number two was published by the same IG earlier this month on the 7th of May 2021. They didn’t make the headline they should have. I worked hard to find the information. But it is in there.

Headlines number three was also released this week (the last week of May 2021). We’ve decided to entrust FEMA with an additional $1 billion in grants for infrastructure and communities. As Rachel, my niece, said over dinner this week: So, that means about $200 million in errors?

I guess so.

What could possibly go wrong? Let’s explore than now.

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